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A Science-based Curriculum for the COVID-19 Pandemic


COVID Healthy Actions, Community Knowledge and Science (HACKS) curriculum resources address critical science and health concepts and skills related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Lessons are available for different grade bands: K–2, 3–5, 6–8 and 9–12.

COVID HACKS teaching resources engage students in key science and engineering practices, such as asking questions, developing and using models, planning and carrying out investigations, analyzing or interpreting data and communicating scientific information. Search the list below for topics relevant to your students.

  • Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

    Prevent the Spread of COVID-19

    Students conduct research using online text resources and media to explore how the virus that causes COVID-19 spreads from person to person.

  • Pandemics Through History

    Pandemics Through HistoryLesson

    Students are challenged to make a timeline of historical pandemics to demonstrate that the current COVID-19 pandemic is not a one-of-a kind event. Students will reflect upon the ways in which pandemics have shaped the development of scientific and public health knowledge, and the treatments that have resulted.

  • Pandemic Puzzle

    Pandemic PuzzleLesson

    This word search puzzle focuses on terminology and vocabulary associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. It can be used as a stand-alone activity or to extend any other curriculum lessons.

  • Rewind, Reflect, Fast-Forward

    Rewind, Reflect, Fast-ForwardLesson

    Students will compile key events in the COVID-19 pandemic timeline, learn where to find accurate national and state COVID-19 statistics, and reflect on how the pandemic has affected their lives.

  • Modeling the Virus that Causes COVID-19

    Modeling the Virus that Causes COVID-19

    A particle (virion) of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is approximately 100 nanometers across. How big is that? In this activity, students learn about the shape and relative size of the virus by constructing a paper model of a single virus particle.

  • What are Infectious Diseases?

    What are Infectious Diseases?Lesson

    Students will conduct research using online text resources and media related to infectious and non-infectious diseases and compare the prevalence of different diseases across countries with different income levels.

  • Can Drops Travel in Air?

    Can Drops Travel in Air?Lesson

    Students will investigate the number of water droplets that make “contact” with a wall from different distances when propelled in a manner that simulates a sneeze or cough.

    Grades: K-2
  • Life is Different Now

    Life is Different NowLesson

    This school year is different in so many ways for everyone, whether students are learning at home “virtually,” or in a face-to-face classroom. In this activity, students will reflect on how life has changed for them during the Covid-19 pandemic.

    Grades: K-2
  • The Eyes Have It

    The Eyes Have ItLesson

    Students identify the emotions projected by the eyes in a series of photographs, then try their hand at creating their own face images, in the style of emojis.

    Grades: K-2
  • What Is Coronavirus?

    What Is Coronavirus?Lesson

    Students gather information online to explore differences between viruses and cells, and to learn about the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19.


The COVID HACKS curriculum project is made possible thanks to the support from Laura & John Arnold and Baylor College of Medicine. Scientists, educators and physicians from Baylor College of Medicine provided content, feedback and technical reviews.